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Former east Idaho pharmacist gets one-year of probation for selling narcotics

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ST. ANTHONY — A former Upper Valley pharmacist has been sentenced for illegally distributing a controlled substance.

Paul Allen, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to one-year of probation and given a $1,000 fine. He was also required to relinquish his Drug Enforcement Administration registration, which allowed him to distribute controlled substances.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael Fica told all community pharmacies are required to have a DEA registration. Allen owned and operated Falls Drug & Hardware in St. Anthony, which allowed him to sell the drugs.

“He relinquished his DEA registration number,” Fica said. “He is no longer authorized as a pharmacist to distribute controlled substances.”

Allen was indicted on Jan. 24, for illegally distributing the opioid pain killer Tramadol in March and April 2016.

According to court documents, an informant entered Fall Drug & Hardware on March 12, 2016. The informant was working under the direction of law enforcement. The informant met with Allen and asked for Tramadol, which is a controlled substance. The informant had no prescription.

Court documents show Allen knew the informant did not have a prescription and made no effort to find out if a medical professional had authorized the informant to receive Tramadol. Allen gave the informant two Tramadol tablets.